Mourners gather for funeral of US teenager Michael Brown

Hundreds of people are gathering for the funeral of Michael Brown, the unarmed American teenager who was shot dead by police on 9th August.

Speaking ahead of the ceremony, the teen's father called for calm, saying: "We need a moment of silence on our son. We need peace on his going-away."

Three White House officials will attend the service.

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National Guard troops to withdraw from Ferguson

The governor of Missouri has ordered the withdrawal of National Guard troops from riot-torn Ferguson, Missouri.

Tensions in the town have eased after protests were staged nightly since police killed an unarmed black teenager.

National Guard troops in Ferguson, Missouri. Credit: Reuters

Peaceful demonstrations overnight were the calmest street gatherings in the small St. Louis suburb since riots erupted over the August 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a white police officer.

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